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School officials work to prepare for active shooter situation

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OGEMAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

School once was a sanctuary for children, but on Tuesday, police used the halls and classrooms at Ogemaw Heights High School as the battle ground.

"There's no magic wand solution to this," said Michigan State Police Trooper Jeff Devine.             

Officers from several different departments practiced responding to an active shooter situation in a school.

"We're making the plans and preparations ahead of time, hoping and praying it never happens, but if it does, we will be ready," said MSP Lt. David Kaiser.

Principal Jon Good watched the scenario play out, as his students are on spring break.

He said it was an eye-opening experience.

"Seeing what these officers have gone through, and seeing how realistic this training is, yeah, I think it would be good for everyone to go through it," Good said.

Districts must have a lockdown drill each year, much like the mandated fire and tornado drills.

But there's no law that says they must prepare for an active shooter situation.

"Most teachers didn't sign up to be a hero that way, but it's something that they now have to sadly think about," Devine said.

Devine, who played the role of the bad guy in Tuesday's training in Ogemaw County, thinks it's time other districts consider it.

He said playing out the "what if" scenarios could prepare teachers and staff for the real thing.

"Out of the box thinking that gets people thinking, OK, there is more to this, maybe I can do something a little different, and that may mean the difference between life or death," Devine said.

After the experience Good said he plans to go over his school's lock-down procedures with police.

"We're going to implement new changes and revise and update and make sure that we're up to date as possible, that we're doing the best thing we can," Good said.

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